Despite the second-consecutive complete game performance from senior Megan Dortch, the Nevada softball team was topped by New Mexico on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh, 4-3, in the first game of a three-game series on Thursday.
Junior Jasmine Jenkins went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and junior Megan Sweet went 3-for-4 with an RBI single for the Pack (11-22, 1-3 MW). Dortch (2-5) took the loss for Nevada after going 6.2 innings with three strikeouts.
After putting runners on in the first and second innings, the Pack broke through in the top of the third. Freshman Aaliyah Gibson led off the inning on an infield single and went to second after Jenkins singled through the left side. Nevada's third-straight hit came from Sweet and it scored Gibson from second to give the Pack a 1-0 lead. Sweet moved to second on the throw from the centerfielder, went to third on a fielder's choice and scored on another fielder's choice, this time from freshman Jennifer Purcell, to extend the Nevada lead to 2-0.
After the Lobos responded with two runs in the bottom of the third, the Pack continued to put base runners on and even loaded the bases in the top of the fifth but could not get a run across.
New Mexico took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI triple before Nevada tied the game again in the top of the sixth. Senior Karley Hopkins reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second after Gibson grounded out to first base. With one out, Jenkins singled to center field and Hopkins made a tremendous slide at home plate to avoid the tag and tie the game at 3-3.
With no one out in the bottom of the seventh, the Lobos led-off the inning with a triple before Dortch struck out the next two batters to give Nevada two outs. The Reno native could not hold on though as the next batter registered the game-winning hit to give New Mexico the 4-3 win.
The Pack will take on the Lobos tomorrow at 4 p.m. PT for game number two of the series.